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Breaking the Gordian Knot in the Structural Chemistry of Polyoxometalates: Copper(II)–Oxo/Hydroxo Clusters

Breaking the Gordian Knot in the Structural Chemistry of Polyoxometalates: Copper(II)–Oxo/Hydroxo Clusters
Kirill Yu. Monakhov, Aleksandar Kondinski
This Concept article provides insights into the molecular design and construction aspects of polyoxocuprates (POCus), an emerging class of polyoxometalate (POM)-like architectures featuring low-to-high nuclearity copper(II)–oxo/hydroxo skeletons. POCus have been identified to adopt the structural principles of classical POMs consisting of early transition metals. Their potential to afford motifs of the noble-metal-based POMs is exploited. “Cross-structural topological transformation” is introduced to generalize skeletal relationships between POCus and POMs. The study opens up strategies toward the brand-new structural chemistry of POCus with relevance to homogeneous photocatalysis, medicinal chemistry, molecular magnetism, and quantum computing. Unravelling the knot: Polyoxocuprates (POCus) mimic the structural motifs of classical and noble-metal-based polyoxometalates (POMs) and establish a structural link between these two families. This far-reaching potential to transform and to undergo versatile derivatization makes POCus a target for in-depth exploration of their structure–property relationships, which may lead to chemistry not hitherto observed in POM science.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/chem.201605876

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